{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange

Day Twenty-Nine: Ellington Was Not a Street Written by Ntozake Shange Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Simon & Schuster for Young Readers [text: 1983] 2004 The narrative of Ellington Was Not a Street comes from Ntozake Shange’s poem “Mood Indigo” (from A Daughter’s Geography, 1983). The poem, excerpted for the picture book, is a reflection of and tribute toContinue reading “{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange”

{poetry} gary jackson

“Multiple Man: Guest-Starring Me & You”    by Gary Jackson Every night I sleep on alternate sides of the bed, as if to duplicate sleeping with you. If I’m fast enough, I’m the warmth of my own body beside me, reach out and touch myself. Breach the blue of my bones, breathe in my ownContinue reading “{poetry} gary jackson”

{book} hold fast

a lengthy, shockingly spoiler-free, post for Blue Balliett’s latest. This isn’t an apology, merely an acknowledgment. There are so many lovely and terribly relevant explorations …  Hold Fast by Blue Balliett Scholastic Press, 2013. hardcover, 274 pages. Where is Early’s father? He’s not the kind of father who would disappear. But he’s gone . .Continue reading “{book} hold fast”

{poetry} poem in your pocket day

It is Poem in Your Pocket Day! A day where you carry a poem in your pocket to share with those around you; an opportunity to share and converse and connect with people through poetry. I have Margarita Engle’s “Archetype” poem in my pocket. Consequently, it also fits in with the Once Upon a TimeContinue reading “{poetry} poem in your pocket day”

{poetry} cities & theatres

The daughter has been taking a Poetry for one of her Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) classes. The quarter culminates in a Poetry Cafe where the students read some of their work aloud. Natalya has given me permission to share two of the poems. The first is a Found Poem one of her other teachers told herContinue reading “{poetry} cities & theatres”

{book} the curfew

To begin: When the publisher claims at the end of their synopsis that Jesse Ball’s “The Curfew is a mesmerizing feat of literary imagination,” you may think it an excitable exaggeration. It isn’t. Nor is Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s observation that “There seems to be no other novelist writing today who is capable of so thoroughly disarming one’s narrativeContinue reading “{book} the curfew”

Every Thing On It

SPIDER A spider lives inside my head Who weaves a strange and wondrous web Of silken threads and silver strings To catch all sorts of flying things, Like crumbs of thoughts and bits of smiles And specks of dried-up tears, And dust of dreams that catch and cling For years and years and years…. ~ShelContinue reading “Every Thing On It”

winged creatures

<Reading The Firefly Letters more than Reviewing> “Like the firefly light, Engle’s poetry is a gossamer thread of subtle beauty weaving together three memorable characters who together find hope and courage. Another fine volume by a master of the novel in verse.”Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle cover art by AnaContinue reading “winged creatures”

reposting loveliness

Hurray! A guest post! My friend Leah posted a really lovely review of Tyler Perry’s film For Colored Girls (2010) and I asked if I could (re)post it here. She very generously said that I could. Left is a pic I ‘borrowed’ from her facebook page, and this was ‘borrowed’ from her blog intro: [IContinue reading “reposting loveliness”